Finding Cheaper Medications

December 7, 2011 in Member Stories

Medical costs are rising but this should not be a reason to comprise the quality of health care we get. One way to reduce the monthly medical bills is to reduce cost of medications in particular if you do not have insurance. However, finding cheaper medications is not always easy to find.

Finding the same medication cheaper can be tough but with several search engines you can easily find it. However, what is not obvious is that sometimes you can find another medication that has a very similar action which can be cheaper particularity if there are generics available. Unfortunately, most search engines do not do this.

For example, Carvedilol is a very common medication people take to help reduce blood pressure. Given that the patent has not expired on it, Carvedilol can be very expensive. However, there are several other drugs with a very similar action and significantly cheaper. For those you who can afford, paying the extra dollars for Carvedilol might be worth it for the relatively small added benefit it has compared to another very similar drugs like Metoprolol. But for those who might need to reduce their medical bills, taking the cheaper medication is not a bad option at all. In fact, the added benefit of Lipitor over its brothers is not very significant.

Most may not realize that a cheaper alternative is available. You can use a medication price tool here  by HealthKibo. It will combine prices from across the web therapeutic equivalence to help ensure you find cheaper medications without compromising your health.

You can also setup price alerts to watch changes in medication pricing just like you would set up for watching stock pricing.

In case the above link did not work, you can find the tool at http://healthkibo.com/price-challenger.

3 responses to Finding Cheaper Medications

  1. First impression is that this site is not ready for prime time.

    I have no prescriptions at the moment. So I decided to look up some of the supplements I take.

    What could be simpler than Vtiamin-C? All vitamin-C is not alike. It would be interesting to see if this tool would be useful. The short story is that I got to a page of price comparisons all from the same vendor. Just one vendor for Vitamin C? When I clicked on the vendor link (prescriptiongiant ?) mcafee blocked the connection as a dangerous site. I stopped that particular investigation right there. Just as a sanity check, I found I could get to cvs.com, from my browser without a problem.

    I tried coenzyme-q – I didn’t get as far. I immediately encountered, ”We’re sorry, but something went wrong. We’ve been notified about this issue and we’ll take a look at it shortly.”.

    It’s a good idea, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

  2. Hey Michael – can I put this up as a separate post on the homepage?

  3. Martha,
    Did I reply to this? I don’t recall…
    Of course, feel free to put it wherever you wish.
    -m

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